Symbol Audio Turnkey Turntable Solution Balances Aesthetic, Function
The usual argument between price, form, and function is that one has to suffer, but I guess nobody told that to Symbol Audio. Their turntable solution is, in a box, in a box. That's right, drivers, amp, turntable - it's an all-in-one that offers the best of all worlds.
Symbol Audio was spotted at ICFF in New York City this week, showcasing their Modern Record Player alongside some of the worlds best designers. Rubbing shoulders with that much culture has apparently left an impression on the relatively new company, underscored by their selection of furniture used to store vinyl. Dovetail storage racks, sliding doors, and hinged cabinets wrapped in beautiful and fashionable wood finishes were on show to the many designers flooding the show floor.
But the piece de resistance will always be their vinyl player. Aesthetically, it plays into Dieter Rams' Braun SK55, an iconic interpretation that has inspired well and beyond its years. The vented front hide a series of custom-engineered Morel speakers and crossovers, adding a touch of custom work without an inflated price. The 24V motor is built from Rega, a 45-year-old British manufacturer known for their expertise in the European market.
For the audiophiles twinging at the cardinal sin of putting speakers to close to the turntable, - or in this case on directly on top like a salad disappointingly heated by the negligence of the pizza driver - Symbol has created a three-phase isolation system that allows the acrylic platter to float independently of any acoustic disturbances.
The custom build AB amplifier is another piece of stand-out hardware included, although it feels overshadowed by the functionality of a Wi-Fi connected option that is all easily concealed behind the equipment. The compartment behind the turntable allows small components (think Sonos, Google Music, Airport Express) to create a smooth aesthetic for the entire piece. The Symbol Audio Modern Record Player is available in anodized Jet Black or Glacier White, starting at $3,295, with an additional $500 for the steel base.
Symbol Audio is doing something just a bit different in their quest to make a kick-ass, beautiful looking turntable solution. Their furniture has a little bit of something for everyone, offering classic flip-top cabinets and even isolation pads if you truly want to place your bookshelf speakers next to your turntable. Modular solutions help build out any collection for any client. It's an attention to detail and a full portfolio of options that solidifies Symbol Audio as a serious contender in the vinyl space.